Parents, there is a simple and inexpensive answer to the often asked question “What can I do to help my child to achieve to the best of his ability at school?”
One of the main reasons children do not achieve as well as they should at school is that they lack the necessary reading, writing and listening skills. Without these skills they will struggle with comprehension, they will struggle to understand written instructions and they will struggle to express themselves.
All these things will affect their performance at school. So, as a caring parent, what can you do to improve your child’s literacy skills and enable them to achieve to the best of their ability?
The answer : READ ALOUD TO YOUR CHILD, EVERY DAY, REGARDLESS OF AGE. This one, simple activity can help your child at school like nothing else can and all it requires from you is a commitment of time – just half an hour a day.
Sadly, our lifestyle today, with its many digital distracstions, has lured children- and their parents- away from the simple, but vital, occupation of reading for pleasure. And, so, for many children, reading has become a chore and a bore. It is associated with school and homework, rather than with something pleasant and enjoyable. And, if a child struggles with reading he will not want to spend time doing it and, consequently, he will not improve at it and this will, in turn, negatively affect his performance at school.
So, how and why will READING ALOUD EVERY DAY benefit your child and improve his scholastic performance?
– It will improve your child’s all-round language development, including his reading, writing and listening skills
– It will significantly increase and improve his vocabulary. This is because a child can listen to stories well beyond his reading level, yet still understand and enjoy them
– It will develop your child’s creativity and expand their imagination
– It builds listening skills by increasing a child’s attention span. He is then able to concentrate for longer periods
– It develops a child’s ability to express himself more confidently and fluently, both when speaking and writing
– It also expands a child’s horizons by exposing him to new situations and teaching him appropriate behaviour in those situations
Apart from the scholastic benefits, reading aloud can have the added benefit of enhancing the relationship between you and your child. In a world of hectic lives and busy schedules, spending half and hour, every day, reading with your child can become a special time of shared attention and meaningful one-on-one communication. Your child will look forward to these times and begin to associate reading with enjoyable and enriching experiences.
What to read?
Julia Donaldson picture books
Mr Men series
My weird school
Charlie and Lola